The Poetics of Space

February 2 to May 5, 2019

The Poetics of Space presents a range of historical and contemporary works by 29 artists that together communicate some of the countless ways artists have contemplated space—from its optical perceptions, to its emotional impact and finally, its geographical or topographical limits. Featuring works from the early twentieth century to present day, this exhibition considers how we experience, create and contain space. Presenting Canadian artists from across the country, The Poetics of Space includes historical West Coast works by Emily Carr and B.C. Binning, and showcases contemporary artists such as Rebecca Belmore, Jason McLean, and Annie Pootoogook.

The Poetics of Space is organized and circulated by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator Emerita and Emmy Lee Wall, Assistant Curator, Vancouver Art Gallery. This exhibition is part of the Across the Province touring program, which is generously supported by the Killy Foundation.


Tour & Talk with Co-Curator Emmy Lee Wall
Friday, February 1, 2019
5:00 to 6:00 pm

Opening Reception
Friday, February 1, 2019
6:00 to 8:00 pm

Opening reception sponsored by:

Annie Pootoogook, Listening to the Radio, 2005–06, pencil crayon, ink on paper, 41.6 x 51.0 cm, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft. Photo: Trevor Mills, Vancouver Art Gallery.

Arabella Campbell, Untitled (Fishing Boundary Square), 2007, chromogenic print, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Purchased with the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Vancouver Art Gallery Acquisition Fund.

Myfanwy MacLeod, Ajar, 2005, chromogenic print, Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Gift of the Artist.


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